Maroon Takes Fall Series Opener, 3-1
Oct. 4, 2012
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Pitching was once again the name of the game for Missouri State in Wednesday's opening game of the Fall World Series at Hammons Field. The Maroon squad posted a 3-1 victory, as four pitchers combined to limit the White team to six hits on the afternoon.
The Maroons jumped out to a 2-0 lead with single runs in the fourth and fifth innings, then held on for the win thanks to three innings of solid relief from sophomore closer Tyler Burgess.
Senior outfielder Keenen Maddox, who went 2-for-4 on the day, scored the Maroon club's first two runs of the game, reaching base in the fourth via a hit-by-pitch, before coming around on Conor Smith's one-out single to left.
Maddox was right in the middle of the action again the next inning, following up Travis McComack's lead-off single with a base hit of his own. Koby Peebles drew a walk to load the bases, and a Joey Hawkins ground out produced a force out at the plate. However, the catcher's attempt to complete a 5-2-3 double play resulted in an errant throw and allowed Maddox to trot home with the second run of the game.
The Maroon squad would tack on an insurance run in the eigth, taking advantage of a two-out walk to McComack, another Maddox single and a wild pitch to account for the final 3-1 margin.
Returning junior All-American Nick Petree got the victorious club off to a strong start on the mound as well, working three shutout innings in which he allowed just one hit and one walk while fanning a pair of batters. Freshman Matt Hall and senior Erik Shannahan followed with scoreless innings before Burgess took over in the sixth.
The White squad struck for its lone run of the day shortly after Burgess entered the game, getting a pair of two-out hits in the sixth to make it a 2-1 contest. Freshman outfielder Matt Dezort got the rally going with a base hit, and sophomore infielder Dylan Becker delivered a run-scoring triple off the wall in right field.
But Burgess would take command from there and would not allow another hit. The left-hander struck out four batters to secure the win and earn the save.
Senior right-hander Cody Schumacher matched Petree's start with three scoreless innings, over which he allowed three hits and struck out four for the White team.
In addition to Maddox's two-hit effort, McComack went 2-for-4 with a walk and a run scored, and Peebles finished the day 1-for-3 with a pair of walks for the Maroon team.
Dezort paced the White squad's offense with two hits and a walk in five plate appearances.
The two squads are back in action at Hammons Field for Game 2 of the Fall Series Thursday (Oct. 4) afternoon at 3 p.m.